Rory McIlroy says he's looking forward to getting back to being 'purely a golfer' after he missed the cut at the Players Championship.
McIlroy, 33, missed the cut by three strokes at TPC Sawgrass after shotting 76-73.
McIlroy faced the media after bowing out of the 2023 Players at the halfway stage where he described the place as an 'enigma'.
The 2019 champion said his week as very 'blah', adding:
McIlroy has taken centre stage over the last 12 months as the PGA Tour found itself embroiled in a 'civil war' with the LIV Golf League.
Earlier in the week McIlroy finally conceded the PGA's Saudi-backed rival led by Greg Norman had benefitted every elite professional golfer.
His comments came off the back of an announcement to revamp the designated events in 2024 that will see reduced fields and no cuts.
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The Ulsterman turned heads when he said he wished he could go back to using the old one after his first round here.
He stressed there was quite a lot of 'user error'. Once again, McIlroy said he wished he could go back to the old. "It is what it is," he said.
McIlroy said he is going to Augusta National next week in preparation for The Masters. He has confirmed he is skipping the Match Play.
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